Man United transfers: Roy Keane runs rule over Louis van Gaal’s signings

Manchester United legend Roy Keane warns Louis van Gaal that it will take time for his new signings to settle

Roy Keane has warned Louis van Gaal that he still needs to sign a centre-half before the close of the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils have already signed five players this summer after Van Gaal snapped up Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero.

I don’t think United’s spine is strong enough. I still think they need a centre-half

Roy Keane

The former Netherlands head coach had attempted to lure Real Madrid and Spain centre-half Sergio Ramos to Old Trafford before the 29-year-old signed a new Los Blancos deal.

And although Keane believes Van Gaal has built a stronger side for the 2015/16 campaign, the former United captain warned that it will take time for the new signings to settle.

“United have gone away from what they were about,” Keane told Sunday World.

“They are a bit like the late 80s, buying a lot of players, thinking they will gel.

“But it doesn’t happen that quickly, although they will definitely be stronger this year.

“Louis van Gaal has had a full pre-season this year, they’ve looked good from what I’ve seen – but then they had a good pre-season last year, too.

“However, I don’t think United’s spine is strong enough. I still think they need a centre-half.”

Van Gaal’s men start their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford next weekend.

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The Dutchman led the Red Devils to a fourth-place finish in his first season in charge of the 20-time English champions.

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